Romanian regulator aims to stage 5G auction in Q4

4 Mar 2020

Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) intends to organise an auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1500MHz, 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz bands in the final quarter of 2020, according to the body’s newly adopted annual action plan. ANCOM aims to finalise the tender documentation by the end of the third quarter and will also organise a market consultation to determine interest in acquiring the frequencies. The auction, which the authority had previously indicated would take place in early 2020, has been delayed by a security memorandum signed in 2019 between Romania and the US, and new EU network security guidelines released in January.

ANCOM’s action plan also provides for the drafting of a normative act to transpose into national law the directive on the establishment of the European Code of Electronic Communications, in order to submit it for adoption in Q1. As part of the ongoing implementation of Infrastructure Law No. 159/2016, the regulator will also establish orientative tariffs for accessing network operators’ poles and approve conditions for accessing physical infrastructure developed by local public authorities. Furthermore, it intends to review the wholesale market for infrastructure access services and the market for broadband access services, as well as revise the authorisation regime regarding the provision of electronic communications networks and services. It will also seek to modify ANCOM decision No. 333/2013 regarding the collection of statistical data in the field of electronic communications.